Americans have been known to tolerate political family legacies. We have the Kennedys, the Bushes, the Clintons, the Romneys, the Daleys, and so on.
But one thing that Americans do not have the stomach for is blatant, bald-faced nepotism. Of course it goes on, but where it does go on, the people involved in making the arrangements would prefer to keep the spotlight off their dealings. Makes for bad PR and easy fodder for political rivals. That's why, for instance, Bill Clinton never dared to make Hillary Secretary of HHS.
But in France? President-elect Francois Hollande is on course to make his ex...er...domestic partner and mother of his four children, Segolene Royal, the most powerful woman in the country.
And this after Royal publicly trashed Hollande last year as being entirely unqualified to be President.
What strange bedfellows ex-bedfellows make.